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RODIN, Auguste

Paris 1840 - Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine 1917

Maker: Perzinka

Victor Hugo, buste

Victor Hugo

modeled 1883, cast 1900

bronze

bust

Dimensions (HxWxD): 21 58 s 9 1316 x 9 1316 in.

Acc. No.: 2002.71

Credit Line: Purchase with funds given in memory of James F. Schwartz, M.D.

Photo credit: courtesy High Museum of Art, Atlanta

© Artist:


Provenance

  • Before 1917, November 17, Private Collection
  • 1990, April 3, Paris, Drouot-Montaigne, sale, lot no.26
  • 1992, July 3, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, sale, lot no.36
  • 2002, Purchase with funds given in memory of James F. Schwartz, M.D.

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, June 10, 2013
  • 2007 Le Normand-Romain (français)
    Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, avec la collaboration d'Hélène Marraud et Diane Tytgat, introductions par Dr. Ruth Butler et Mr. Régis Cusinberche, Rodin et le bronze. Catalogue des œuvres conservées au musée Rodin, 2 volumes, Paris, Musée Rodin / Editions de la Réunion des musées nationaux, 2007, vol. 2, pp. 432-443, Victor Hugo, 1883, cet exemplaire est cité p.433 : "Fonte Léon Perzinka, 1900 : Atlanta, High Museum of Art, acq. 2002 (vente Paris, hôtel Drouot, 3 juillet 1992, n°36 [fig.1])"
  • 2007 Le Normand-Romain (English)
    Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, with the collaboration of Hélène Marraud and Diane Tytgat, introductions by Dr. Ruth Butler and Mr. Régis Cusinberche, The Bronzes of Rodin. Catalogue of works in the Musée Rodin, 2 volumes, English version, Paris, Musée Rodin / Editions de la Réunion des musées nationaux, 2007, vol. 2, pp. 432-443, Victor Hugo, 1883, this copy is mentioned p.433: "Cast by Léon Perzinka (1900): Atlanta, High Museum of Art, acq. 2002 (sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 3 July 1992, no.36 [fig.1])"

Comment

  • Museum's website, June 10, 2013:
    In 1883 Rodin produced his first portrait of the writer Victor Hugo (1802–1885), whom the artist and his contemporaries glorified for his literary and political achievements. Over a four-month period Rodin produced numerous sketches used to create his sculpture, with no formal sittings by Hugo, because although he was invited into the writer’s home, Rodin could only observe him from afar. Despite these obstacles Rodin produced a powerful likeness of his illustrious sitter. He exhibited a bronze version of the portrait at the Salon of 1883, where it was critically acclaimed.